Safety rules while working with essential oils

We deeply care about everyone who wishes to create own products with essential oils, so unless it is properly diluted with carrying oil (sweet almond, coconut oils, shea butter) in the correct proportion - please read below our safety tips:

  • Do not apply essential oils to eyes
  • Do test on a small area for two -three days before application on a larger area
  • Do not take internally unless you have consulted with a certified specialist
  • People with multiple chemical sensitivities or who have had allergic reaction to perfumes should proceed cautiously with essential oils. (Tisserand and Young p.658)
  • Cancer treatment: Because of possible and unpredictable effects on immune mechanisms, Robert Tisserand recommends that essential oils are avoided from one week before to one month following a course of chemotherapy or radiotherapy. (Tisserand and Young p.656). Rhiannon Lewis suggests using oils through inhalers to manage nausea and anxiety during chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
  • Epileptics: The following essential oils are potentially convulsant for anyone who might be vulnerable to epileptic seizures: Western Red Cedar, Wormwood, Genipi, Hyssop (ct pinocamphone), Sage, Thuja, Pennyroyal, Buchu, Calamint, Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), Mugwort, Lanyana, Ho Leaf (ct camphor), Boldo, Wintergreen, Birch, Rosemary, Yarrow, Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas), Feverfew, and Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia). (Tisserand and Young p.134, table 10.2) Also read this blog
  • Phototoxic oils: Bergamot, Lemon, cold pressed Lime, Grapefruit, Bitter Orange, Mandarin Leaf, Cumin, Angelica Root, Laurel Leaf absolute, Rue and Taget. Sunlight or tanning bed rays must be avoided up to 18 hours after application. These oils applied to the skin will increase the chance of severe burns from ultraviolet light. (Tisserand and Young p.659)
  • Keep oils stored away from children
  • If you are under 18 years do not work with oils unless under adult supervision 
Generally this is a highly recommended book by Tisserand and Young for all who are interested to pursue with essential oils.